Wind causes issues for both teams in final
HERSHEY — Wind played a major factor in Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic’s 10-7 overtime loss to Farrell Thursday at Hersheypark Stadium.
Brian Hilton Jr.’s game-winning 22-yard field goal was nearly short after the wind blew it backward toward the end zone, but it cleared the crossbar by about 2 feet.
“I think it was big,” Bishop Guilfoyle coach Justin Wheeler said. “Both teams had a hard time throwing the ball in 20-30 mile-per-hour winds, but at the end of the day, both teams played in it, so it impacted both of us.”
It may have also played a role in a failed jump pass in overtime from Keegan Myrick to Andrew Yanoshak from the 5-yard line on third and goal during the Marauders’ overtime possession.
“The ball was coming right to me, and the wind kind of took it,” Yanoshak said. “It blew the ball away from me a little bit, and that gave two or three of them time to get to me and knock it away.”
While Bishop Guilfoyle practiced in the Hershey area Wednesday, the Wheeler family decorated the Marauders’ rooms with BG helmets, footballs and stars.
Players got Hershey Kisses and personalized Hershey bars with Marauders on the front and a “Road to Hershey” schedule on the back with the scores of each of BG’s games this season prior to Thursday’s state championship.
The referees from Thursday’s game were Francis Snyder, Troy Hickman, William Rearick, Lincoln Kauffman, James Schriner, R. Scott Schleig and Jeremiah R. Johnson.
The chain crew included Larry French, Tristan Hauck and Lenny Baker.
The Marauders’ boys basketball game against Richland on Monday has been postponed due to the football team’s long run in the state playoffs. Bishop Guilfoyle also postponed a junior high boys game against Hollidaysburg.
The Marauders will begin the season on Thursday.
Wheeler may be finished with football for the year, but that doesn’t mean his work is done.
Wheeler will be in charge of the lighting during tonight’s presentation of “The Nutcracker Ballet All Jazz’d Up” by Charlene’s School of Dance at Penn Cambria High School starting at 7 p.m.
The show is described as a jazzy twist on a holiday favorite that offers a magical experience for audiences of all ages.
A second performance of the show will be held Sunday at 2 p.m.